SNEAK PEAK – SPRING CULTURAL DIGEST 💐🌼💐
Hello it’s Margaret_ Here with a quarterly digest of cultural happenings from our clients home and away. From representing Malta at La Biennale Arte 2019 to collaborating with the amazing Arvida Bystrom for Polaroid Originals, from the observations of Jerry Hsu, tattoo collaborations for Crystal Head Vodka, to an incredible line up for the […]
Hello it’s Margaret_
Here with a quarterly digest of cultural happenings from our clients home and away.
From representing Malta at La Biennale Arte 2019 to collaborating with the amazing Arvida Bystrom for Polaroid Originals, from the observations of Jerry Hsu, tattoo collaborations for Crystal Head Vodka, to an incredible line up for the Deutshe Borse Photography Foundation Prize 2019, it’s been an amazing quarter full of cultural wonder.
Until next time,
Image courtesy of @pinchfilms featuring the @elvie #freethefeed campaign, which saw inflatable breasts pop up all over London to break stigma around breastfeeding.
PAVILION OF MALTA
AT THE 58TH INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION – LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA
We are thrilled to be representing the Pavilion of Malta at La Biennale Arte 2019 – the world’s most prestigious art exhibition.
Commissioned by Arts Council Malta and curated by historian Dr Hesperia Iliadou-Suppiej, artists Klitsa Antoniou, Trevor Borg, and Vince Briffa will present new works. The Malta Pavilion is designed by architect Matthew Casha and production management of George Lazogluo.
The exhibition will verge between reality and fictitious invention, featuring video, sound, water, seaweed, and objects ranging from fossilised bones and pottery fragments, in a truly immersive exhibition that will provide a contemporary re-interpretation of our timeless need to seek haven.
La Biennale Arte 2019 opens in Venice on 11th May and we can’t wait to get there!
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MULTIPLE NEW WINS FOR MARGARET
2019 has seen a flurry of repeat wins for Margaret as once again we have been appointed to represent Lofoten International Arts Festival (LIAF) and the Home of Metal exhibition series. LIAF is a biennial in the archipelago of Lofoten situated in the Arctic Circle and Norway’s longest running visual arts biennial taking place 30 August – 29 September 2019.
Closer to home, Home of Metal is a festival showcasing one of Birmingham’s most iconic cultural contributions to the world – heavy metal. With a series of five exhibitions across the West Midlands, the most high profile of which focuses on Black Sabbath on the occasion of the band’s 50th anniversary and will be taking place at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery from the 22nd June – 29 September 2019. Tickets will be available from 17th April.
BREXIT MEANS BREXIT
To start January off with a Brexit bang, Swedish artist Jonas Lund created Operation Earnest Voice, a self described ‘fully functioning propaganda office tasked with reversing Brexit’. The installation took place at The Photographers’ Gallery raising quite a few eyebrows over the course of the weekend, but also providing incredible insight into political tactics used by both sides during campaigns. While Brexit was a topical example it was designed to reflect on any major political decision and included talks from Alfie Bown, (Guardian journalist, freelance writer and specialist in the politics of laughter), Alan Mozes (photographer who worked on the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign) and Obama’s re-election Campaign), Miranda Stocker (a 19 year old youth advisor) and Gina Power, a narrative production specialist.
See what’s on at the Photographers’ Gallery here.
‘HARROWING AND HAUNTING’ – The Guardian
Once again this year we are proud to be working with The Photographers’ Gallery on the Deutsche Borse Photography Foundation Prize 2019. The selection this year tackles complex issues pushing boundaries of photography’s purpose in times of trauma, human crises and destruction. The nominated artists include: Laia Abril for her publication On Abortion looking at the history of Abortion. Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas, chosen for her retrospective Mediations and exhibiting the project Kurdistan/akaKurdistan to represent the retrospective as part of the exhibition. Arwed Messmer is nominated for his comprehensive body of work reflecting the historic trajectory of the far-left extremist organisation, the Red Army Faction (RAF) often referred to as the Baader-Meinhof Group and lastly Mark Ruwedel’s thought provoking photography explores how geological, historic and political events leave their mark upon the landscape.
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CELLPHONE SNAPS AND AMERICAN CULTURE WITH JERRY HSU
We’re stoked to be working with Anthology Editions on its new book by legendary pro-skateboarder and photographer Jerry Hsu. The Beautiful Flower is The World is Jerry’s second book and is a poetic summation of his ironic or cynical take on happenstance findings with symbolism everywhere. Taking viewers through a curated “feed” of mobile phone photos, documenting absurdities found within church signs, vanity license plates and misguided corporate slogans, this book is a captivating chronicle of American culture. Originating in a 2009 blog named NAZI GOLD, Jerry has released two books on photography as well as owning his own label Sci-Fi Fantasy. Keep your eyes peeled for more on this great release.
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PETA UK FILM BY JASON YEOMANS
Friend of Margaret Jason Yeomans is a finalist in this year’s Charity Film Awards for his film project Sylvie Guillem for PETA UK. Jason directed the world renowned dancer Sylvie Guillem for PETA UK in this 90 second film designed to raise awareness about the possibilities of enjoying a vegan lifestyle with no cost to animal welfare. Part of the brief was to take a different approach from PETA’s previous campaigns to avoid shock tactics and instead create something lasting, beautiful and thought provoking.
To have reached the finals is a great achievement. So what next? Jason is now up for the People’s Choice Award, which will go the finalist who receives the most public votes. Please vote for it on the Charity Films Awards website here by Friday 26 April.
POLAROID ORIGINALS X ARVIDA BYSTRÖM: LOVE IN A DIGITAL WORLD
This Valentine’s Day, Margaret explored Love in the Digital World with our client Polaroid Originals and Swedish artist, Arvida Byström. Polaroid Originals tasked Byström to create a new photo series, to explore what love looks like in a digital world and how we can find human connection amongst the comments, shares, likes and DMs with the new OneStep+ White analogue instant camera.
The result was a lavishly pink and red wonderland, flushed with Byström’s signature aesthetic and ethos – the 15 Polaroids offer intimate selfies, scattered with tongue-in-cheek iPhone-esque messages and cliché Valentine momentums that question traditional romantic gestures vs ‘romantic’ emojis. We secured coverage for the love-infused series with Hunger, Wonderland and It’s Nice That.
NINTH LIFE FOR CATFORD’S OLDEST PUB
We started 2019 by promoting Catford’s newest local. The huge new venue on Rushey Green complete with an immersive theatre experience – The Viewing – which spans 9-rooms across the upper two floors of the pub and is receiving 5* reviews. With great beer, DJs, music, food market, and full festival vibes and if that wasn’t enough… top DJ talent play every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night until late! Get yourself to Catford quick!
Thanks to Local Hero for working with us on this amazing GIF!
NOW PLAY THIS AT SOMERSET HOUSE
Part of the city-wide London Games Festival, Now Play This brings the latest in experimental game design from around the world, across an extended nine-day festival kicking off on April 6th. This year’s extended festival focuses on the idea of community, exploring how dedicated communities formed amongst players and game-makers to feed into the creative process behind some of the most inventive and thought-provoking games of today.
From solo games to multiplayer collaborative experiences, Now Play This presents numerous gaming installations from a host of multidisciplinary artists and creators, many of which premiere for the first time at the festival. This year’s festival also features two free outdoor games, open to all visitors of Somerset House.
For more information, click here.
HELLO TO THE GREAT FROG
Welcome to The Great Frog, which has just opened its Shoreditch premises. We headed down to the launch party with Margaret client Crystal Head Vodka to serve up espresso martinis and celebrate the opening alongside the likes of Alexa Chung, Han Cross and Billy Huxley.
BIKING THE BOTHIES WITH SHACKLETON WHISKY
We challenged Proper Adventure magazine to travel around Scotland’s bothies with Shackleton Whisky in tow and write up the adventure for Shackleton’s Journal. With magic horses, river crossings and highland feasts, it was an adventure to remember.
Click here to read the article!